photos of the Superworm trail at Wendover Woods 

We’ve been great fans of the Gruffalo trails at our local Forestry Commission site in Wendover Woods, marking the book’s 15th anniversary last year. The trails have recently been updated for the new season with a new theme based around the Superworm book. We took the opportunity over the Easter holidays to check it out.  

At two years old Tilly is younger than the suggested age range for the trail but is nevertheless familiar with the Julia Donaldson book and characters. It’s fair to say that Tilly doesn’t know Superworm as well as the Gruffalo books, which have been turned into animations, so I was unsure how she’d find it. 

Unlike the Gruffalo trails before it, the Superworm trail is based solely around the display boards along the route. Tilly enjoyed spotting each one and looking at the pictures however it was a bit of a shame there were no characters hanging around to find. 

The activities on the display boards were well thought out and complemented by a activity pack which we didn’t purchase on this occasion as we set off before the cafe opened. Nevertheless I got Tilly to try out some of the simpler tasks such as closing her eyes and listening as well as drawing lines in the dirt with a stick that we’d jump over. 

Older children, especially those of reading age would undoubtedly get much more out of the trail but it was pleasing that elements of it could still be followed by really little ones. 

I was struck by how different the trail felt compared to our last visit in winter. The Forestry Commission team have clearly been working hard at managing the area, which felt much more light and open than last time. 

The highlight of the trail for Tilly remains finding the Gruffalo statue at the end of the trail, which has remained despite the change in theme and has clearly been given some TLC to keep it bright after thousands of hugs and the occasional climb. Nearby some new woodcarving featured barn owls and a badger and steps to climb up. 

The visit to the woods was made complete as ever by a trip to the extensive adventure playground and the excellent Cafe in the Woods. Once again we had no problem using up the two hours of our parking ticket. When she’s older I imagine our visits will be longer still. 

All in all one of my favourite local days out that keeps us returning time after time. 

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12 thoughts on “Superworm trail at Forestry Commission woods

    • 11 April 2015 at 4:07 pm
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      Thanks Karen. The trails are a great idea to encourage children into nature

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  • 11 April 2015 at 8:16 pm
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    Oh looks like lots of fun – we enjoyed our local Gruffalo trail last year and can’t wait to try the Superworm one now – I think we are going to keep it for a nice sunny day so we can take a picnic too.

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  • 11 April 2015 at 10:00 pm
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    This looks fab, my son is two and we live fairly close to Wendover woods so will have to out this on our ‘things to do’ list.
    Popping over from #countrykids
    Becky x

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  • 12 April 2015 at 7:44 am
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    I’m so glad I saw this – have been made meaning to go and see the new trail, maybe tomorrow. My daughter’s not quite three but sounds like she’ll love it. Glad the Gruffalo is still there too! #countrykids

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  • 12 April 2015 at 8:01 am
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    You are so lucky to have this place near you! We always wanted to do a Grufallo trail but none of the places that offers them is near us. Then the Superworm one too!

    I am so jealous!

    #countrykids

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  • 12 April 2015 at 8:44 am
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    The Forestry Commission are doing a fab job at turning our forests in to full on days out. Just from reading this post i’m going to visit our local Gruffalo trail today now as you’ve reminded me how good it is! #CountryKids

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  • 12 April 2015 at 12:38 pm
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    We’re planning to do this soon too, as we loved the Gruffalo ones. Although you’re right, it’s a shame there are no characters. Still looks like you had a great day out #countrykids

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  • 12 April 2015 at 9:56 pm
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    Interesting what you say about the display boards vs the real characters. We have just set up a wildlife trail here influenced by the success of the Gruffalo trail and have gone for character wildlife to find. Reading this i’m glad we didn’t just do boards, though I can imagine the superworm trail will still be very popular. I love Wendover woods anyway, they have great play areas and it’s perfect for hide and seak! Looks like you chose a lovely day to vist. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids

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  • 1 May 2015 at 3:05 pm
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    We’ve done the Superworm Trail at Wendover Woods a few times already and I’m sure will be doing it a few times more before it changes again! Like you we’re frequent visitors to the Woods and love it up there. It’s great now the little ones are getting to an age when you can do some of the things on the activity boards with them.

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  • 17 May 2015 at 2:09 pm
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    Great review – I’ve toyed with the idea of taking my two out to do this although they’re not that familiar with the book so think we will have to read it together a few more times before we head out on the trail. Think my nieces will probably enjoy it more though if the trail is based mostly around the display boards without having characters to find so will add this to our list for the summer. Thank you for sharing your review 🙂

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